The Price of Salt

The Price of Salt

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RandomLibrarian Dec 18, 2020

I would argue against the comment of another person here who says this book parallels "Lolita". "Lolita" is about a middle-aged pedophile molesting and raping a child, even going so far as to marry and murder her mother so that he has exclusive control over her and can abuse her at will. He's running from a detective because he doesn't want to get caught.

When Carol and Therese are trying to get away, they're trying to prevent their relationship (which is a consenting one between two ADULTS) from being used as grounds for Carol's husband to take away custody of their daughter entirely.

The two books are not similar at all.

Review excerpt: "When I review a classic it’s difficult to assign a grade, partly because I have to decide whether to grade the book according to the context of 1952 or the context of 2020, and I have to decide whether to apply a romance lens or not. As a literary novel, this book is flawless. As a romance, it is somewhat constrained by the enigmatic quality of Carol. By the end of the book, Carol is more vulnerable and also more respectful of Therese, and Therese is more mature, confident, and experienced, which means that the book ends just as the real romance, as opposed to a deep infatuation, is beginning."

Full review: https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/the-price-of-salt-by-patricia-highsmith/

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eusebius
Dec 31, 2019

The parallel with Lolita is fascinating: Carol and Therese driving west with the detective in pursuit is reminiscent of Humbert and Lolita with Quilty in pursuit. Highsmith gives you tight, well plotted stories that you can fall into gratefully.

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kayla666
Jun 05, 2019

I picked up this book in the section called "mystery". Come on guys, put it in another section, please! Maybe just " novels" or something.

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emilyc2017
Aug 18, 2017

I could relate to the insecurity Therese expressed throughout the book and her complete adulation she experienced towards Carol. I am amazed at how authentic the characters were and how accurate Patricia Highsmith's portrayal of them was. Over all this was a really good read.

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ritarufus
Oct 31, 2016

The movie was Carol.

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ladxcore
Jun 14, 2016

I thought this was supposed to be the least sad classic lesbian novel, and maybe it is, but it's still pretty sad. Even though neither of them dies.

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lfoxwest
Apr 21, 2016

Not only is this book set in the 50's, it was written in the 50's. I found it very interesting and was quite pleased at the ending. I have not seen the movie yet.

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AkumaNoRiddle
Mar 02, 2016

I actually preferred the book than the movie. I felt the movie went rather slow, and the characters were too disconnected from one another while in the book, they come off extremely connected, close, and lustful with one another. I'm glad I read the book waaaaaaay before I saw the movie. I would totally recommend this book.

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lilypad_1
Nov 23, 2015

At first I found the story kind of interesting then in the middle I totally lost interest. Now I wonder if the movie will be the same or if I will be interested enough to see the movie?

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Frybyte
Jun 28, 2015

I'm not a fan of Highsmith so had no great expectations for this even with the Haynes movies coming out soon.

But I had a great time, it's definitely a 2nd novel but I ended up with a tear in my eye and a smile on my face.

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